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Comment Re:Small cars are not immune to safety standards.. (Score 1) 585

I'd also like to point out that these modern 'underpowered' 40mpg compacts that have been flying off the lots have more power on average than the V6s of the 90s that everyone thought were gutsy. YOU DO NOT NEED 300HP TO BE SAFE ON THE ROAD. Yet another example of libertarian ideologues blinding themselves to reality and stretching to find ANY way to defend their ridiculous and harmful religion.

Comment Small cars are not immune to safety standards... (Score 1) 585

The fact remains that you are vastly, immensely more likely to survive an accident in a tiny little Smart than you would in a giant 72 buick skylark. Better design and better materials goes a long further than more weight. I'd also wonder if they accounted for the reduced numbers of deaths from the reduced air pollution that comes with increased CAFE standards and the fact that you would in reality not be significantly more likely to die in a modern compact than you would a V8-powered muscle car weighing 600 extra pounds or some top-heavy roll-happy SUV monstrosity weighing 1000 extra lbs in most accidents. Did they also account for the fact that increased CAFE standards have led to more efficient full-sized vehicles more than they've led to a proliferation of lightweight subcompacts? Because it's pretty clear that the increased sales of subcompacts has had more to do with their low price in this economy than any meaningful gas savings over their larger brethren in the compact class. At this point MOST car manufacturers offer a 40mpg 'compact' car that's actually larger than your average mid-90s midsize family sedan, with many more amenities and a much nicer interior, to boot.

Comment Re:Crooks chasing crooks... (Score 2) 983

They are ABSOLUTELY just as fascist and evil as we make them out to be. You can pooh-pooh it all you like, but you're just deluding yourself to excuse your inaction. And besides, we don't hate cops, we just hate the ones that trample our rights, like the ones that serve no-knock warrants for minor drug crimes, and the ones that don't bother with warrants, and the ones that taze you for a 'bad attitude', and the ones that shoot first and ask questions later, and the ones that threaten and harass citizen journalists, and the ones that beat protesters exercising their democratic rights, and the ones that kick people out of their homes when they get a letter from the bank, and the ones that target the poor for harassment, and the ones that dress up like SS officers for fun, and the ones that hate minorities, and the ones that escape corruption charges out of police solidarity, and the ones that tamper with evidence, and the ones that think they should not be held accountable for their actions. Really, it's just the 95% majority of cops that we hate. The rest are awesome, and bravo for standing up to a culture of pure, unmitigated evil.

Submission + - Hoosiers Lose Right to Resist Illegal Police Entry ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: People have no right to resist if police officers illegally enter their home, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled in a decision that overturns centuries of common law.

The court issued its 3-2 ruling on Thursday, contending that allowing residents to resist officers who enter their homes without any right would increase the risk of violent confrontation. If police enter a home illegally, the courts are the proper place to protest it, Justice Steven David said.


Submission + - Surge in PlayStation 3 trade-ins due to PSN Outage (

iamhassi writes: ""The ongoing PlayStation Network outage is beginning to have an effect on the high street, Edge can reveal.

Our sources indicate a growing trend of PS3 consoles being traded in for cash or Xbox 360s, slumping sales of PSN points cards and a shift in the ratio of multiplatform game sales and pre-orders away from PS3.

“In the first week of downtime we did not really see any major change in sales or trades,” says one source, a store manager at a major UK retailer speaking on condition of anonymity. “However from the second week onwards we have seen an increase of over 200 per cent on PS3 consoles being traded in, split almost 50/50 between those trading for cash and those taking a 360 instead.”""


Submission + - Where can we find PRACTICAL technology news? (

crhylove writes: "I find myself reading physorg and slashdot nearly every day, and I love them both dearly. Frequently, I'll find an article relevant to something a fellow engineer is doing, and send them over a link. Inevitably, I get a response about how this technology is cool, that idea is neat, but we'll have to wait 10 years before we can use the tech and it's available in the market. Is there a website devoted to new technology that is freshly available and not just a concept or vapor ware?"

Submission + - Developers feel the pinch of the 'Apple Tax' (

Julie188 writes: "The June 30 deadline is approaching for Apple developers to implement in-app purchases. Despite being wildly unpopular, Apple is sticking to its guns requiring developers to allow purchases via their applications. And it is taking a 30% cut of all in-app sales, even for situations like e-books, in which it also forced profit margins to be less than 30%. In other words, Apple is requiring developers like BeamItDown Software to take a loss on the products that it sells, while paying Apple a cut from the top."

Submission + - 35% use mobile apps before getting out of bed ( 1

alphadogg writes: Thirty-five percent of Android and iPhone owners in the U.S. use apps such as Facebook on their smartphone before even getting out of bed, according to a survey conducted by telecommunications equipment vendor Ericsson. The most popular in-bed activity is accessing social networks. Eighteen percent of users log in while they are still in bed, and the most popular application is Facebook, Ericsson wrote.

Comment Re:This is not particularly good policy. (Score 1) 932

It seems a WEE bit premature to be worrying about lost revenue because of efficiency gains, such that you need a way to tax all those free-loading enviro-geeks. Maybe wait until electric cars hit 1% of the market at least, before building taxes in such a way that you discourage their use... I mean really, if we want to have any chance of maintaining our way of life whatsoever, given our critical mis-steps of the past 40 years and the emerging energy crisis popularly known as peak oil, we've got to move to electric and plug-in hybrid cars almost immediately, and we are YEARS behind schedule on that, meaning massive economic suffering in the decades to come. And that's aside from the sheer stupidity of having a 700 pound motorcycle pay the same per-mile cost as a 3700 pound passenger car and a 37,000 pound truck. Gas taxes are the only fair way to have a use tax for highways, while simultaneously aiding the efficiency improvements so desperately needed if America is to remain economically viable. All the bureaucracy is already in place, we just raise the $.17 a gallon to $.50 a gallon or whatever, and then we can have all the roads and bridges we need. And really, if you begrudge $.17 out of $4 going towards building the roads you're using, you're already an asshole, it wouldn't be any different if the tax were twice as much. High efficiency vehicles, bicycle and public transit use are what we need to be encouraging. Making those who have the basic sense of decency and intelligence to make the right decisions about their personal transportation pay for highways at a level that's fundamentally disproportionate to the actual wear and tear their lightweight vehicles cause is ridiculous.

Comment This is not particularly good policy. (Score 2) 932

Why would you want to tax vehicle miles instead of gas used? Taxing gas promotes fuel efficiency AND carpooling, public transit, living closer to work, etc. It amounts to the same thing, yet I get the distinct feeling the ONLY reason this proposal is being floated is because an actual gas tax is seen as politically untenable, despite being more effective, less onerous (would you rather an extra $5 each time you fill up or pay $250 at the end of the year?), and proven to be effective in dozens of other nations with vastly more efficient vehicles than are popular here. One more example of Democrats crippling themselves for sake of appeasing a 'political reality' that is at odds with doing what is necessary to preserve our nation's economy in the face of perpetually rising oil prices. Of course, that assumes that the Democrats actually cared about anything but securing enough corporate donations to win re-election.

Comment Re:Slashkos (Score 1) 1053

It's called PUBLIC SCHOOL. Helping to make sure disadvantaged children have at least some opportunity to rise above their station in life since 1852. Yet another fine example of socialism's infinite superiority to unchecked capitalism. When run properly, (and it isn't), public education's improvement to the overall workforce's productivity and flexibility improves the general economy far more than it costs, a fact also true of higher education. Paying for your own higher education is a huge drain on the economy, and as a policy it is retained only because of corruption. The same is true of private health insurance.
'What incentive will there be to care for your own children if the state will provide a child's basic needs?' To paraphrase Barney Frank, what planet do you live on? Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with you? Who asks a question like that?
I do not propose equality for all Americans. The liberal socialism implied by social works like public health care, education, and infrastructure does not suggest equality for all. It is not Marxism, it is not communism. It merely reflects the obvious fact that it is only when all members of a society have equal opportunity to achieve wealth in a capitalistic system will that system achieve maximum economic and social growth. In economic terms, free markets' ability to achieve greater results through competition are limited by the barriers to entry for that market. When it is so much easier for the child of a wealthy person to start a business or achieve success than the child of a poor person, the winner in the market is no longer decided on their individual merits. In this sense, a 'free market' economy rapidly becomes anti-competitive, insular, corrupt and ineffective.
This is basic shit. Wake the fuck up and get your head out of your emotional, fearful, brainwashed ass.
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Submission + - SPAM: Hazerdous Health Insurance Plans

Ohio Quotes writes: "Many consumers assume they have quality health care. But they don't realize that their policy has substantial gaps in coverage, with limits and loopholes that were not adequately disclosed. Consumer Reports published their "Seven Signs A Health Plan Might Be Junk." They recommend avoiding plans with these features: Limited benefits"
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Submission + - Nanochip technology could revolutionise medicine (

schliz writes: Photons, instead of electrons, are key to a newly developed nanochip manufacture technique that is three times as precise as conventional methods. As well as paving the way for advances in nanophotonics, nanofluidics and nanoelectronics, the technology could significantly improve optical microscopy, allowing future researchers to make more detailed biological or material observations.

"The impact here could be substantial as this would enable biologists to peer at proteins with nanoscale resolution, potentially revolutionising medicine," claims lead researcher Rajesh Menon, who is a research engineer at MIT.

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